LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Members of the Mississippi Main Street Association are pushing Jones County leaders to think outside of the box.
On Tuesday morning, bankers, business and community leaders gathered in downtown Laurel for the 26th annual Jones County Economic Development breakfast.
They learned ways to improve their cities. Sandy Hollifield with the Jones County EDA said with Jones County cities growing so rapidly it is important they learn how to attract more tourists to the county.
"We want them to know that they need to take an active part in the development in the downtown area," Hollifield said, "not only in Laurel, but in Ellisville, Sandersville, and Soso. And to help build those areas so that people will come and will visit here and help spend some money here while they are visiting. We have a lot of events that are coming up that they need to help participate in. The more we have down here, the more they will build and the more people we can attract to our area."
EDA officials encouraged business leaders to also get involved in the 2009 World Series that will be coming to Laurel in August.